Opening song – Hallelujah Christmas – Cloverton
Angels We Have Heard On High – Baloche
1 John 4:9-10
“By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”
“But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.”
I have found the book of Psalms to be a gold mine of knowledge and encouragement and if grasped and applied, wisdom. As most of you who follow this blog and ministry know, I have been teaching through Psalms for nearly two years now and a conservative estimate is that it will take five to seven more years to complete. I say that because I have made it to Psalm 39 and extrapolating from there gives me a good idea of what to expect. Aiding the five to seven year time frame is the fact that I have already taught through Psalm 119. That chapter alone took me nearly nine months. I say all of this to drive home the point that the Bible is so full of nourishment for believers that it is a shame so many Bible teachers hurry through it as if they have a schedule to maintain. In doing so they miss the rich texture and multi-layered significance of the Word.
I read an article in the online edition of the Evening Leader, which is the local St. Marys daily newspaper. This article was talking about the history of the “hobo” in the St. Marys, Ohio area. Now some of you might not know what a hobo is/was. Back in the 1930’s through about the 1950’s in this area there was a traveling group of men that moved from place to place seeking work. Their main mode of transportation was the railroad that ran through the heart of town.
They would hop on the trains and go from place to place to work and earn a little money to go to the next place. They would establish hobo villages if you could call them that. They were more accurately places they would congregate for protection from the weather and to share their stories with one another. It was quite an interesting article.
I recently had the blessing to join Julian Charles on his show, The Mind Renewed. It was a wonderful conversation. I hope you will be encouraged by it. Below is the show notes from Julian’s site.
For TMR’s final programme of 2015 we are joined by Dr. Mike Spaulding, Senior Pastor of Calvary Chapel, Lima and host of Soaring Eagle Radio, for a discussion on the subject of Biblical Hermeneutics.
Isn’t it obvious how we should read the Bible? After all, if it says such-and-such, surely it means such-and-such, and that’s the end of the matter? Or is it really always quite so straightforward? Drawing upon his many years of study, grounded in the context of pastoral ministry, Dr. Spaulding guides us through the maze of biblical hermeneutics – observation, interpretation and application – and shares with us some invaluable tools that can help us unlock the plain meaning of the Scriptures.
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